Do you know the difference between a mental health myth and fact?
Learn the truth about some of the most common mental health myths below
#1 Only some people have mental health
Everyone has mental health, just like we all have physical health, sometimes it is good and sometimes not so good!
#2 Mental health problems are very rare
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any year. Many successful people and celebrities have talked about their mental health problems
#3 Mental health problems are the same as learning disabilities
Mental health is about our thoughts, feelings and emotions, rather than how we learn
#4 You can tell if someone has a mental illness just by looking at them
You can’t tell if someone has a mental illness by how they look, people with mental health problems are just the same as everyone else
#5 Therapy is for people who don’t have good friends
There’s a big difference between talking to a friend and talking to a counsellor. Friends can help support you but Counsellors are specifically trained to help you open up and work through your problems
#6 People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough
Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak. Many people need help to get better
#7 If you have a mental health problem you are unlikely to recover
Mental health problems can be treated. Most people make a full recovery and go on to lead happy and fulfilled lives
#8 If a parent has a mental health problem, you’ll have it too
Not necessarily, many factors contribute to mental health problems such as your family history, genes, physical illness, injury, brain chemistry, trauma or a history of abuse
#9 People with mental health problems can’t work
The majority of people who have experienced a mental health problem or illness continue to work or study, or return to work when they feel better
#10 Young people don’t experience mental health problems, mood swings are just part of growing up
1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16yrs have a diagnosable mental health disorder. That works out at around 3 young people in every UK classroom
#11 There is little support available for young people with mental health difficulties
There are lots of services that can support you if you are experiencing problems. Your family and friends can also offer support, and there are lots of things you can do to help yourself
#12 People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable
People with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. In fact, people with mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violence
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NHS 24/7 helpline : 0800 038 5300
Childline up to 19 yrs: 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 116 123
In an emergency go to A&E or call 999